Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Blake, Cassels and Graydon employees   (Photo credit: Michael Mahovlich)

Recognized as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP was selected as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2019):

  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon recently launched the "BrightIdeas@Blakes" initiative to challenge employees across the firm to contribute ideas to improve client service or efficiency
  • Along with maternity leave top-up payments, Blake, Cassels & Graydon maintains a New Mothers Network at its Toronto office and established a "ReLaunch" program to help reintegrate female lawyers who have taken a break from their careers to focus on their families
  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon is an active member of the community, providing over 13,000 hours of pro bono legal services to a number of organizations in the past year, including Connect Legal, a Toronto-based not-for-profit corporate legal clinic that connects immigrant entrepreneurs with commercial lawyers for free legal help
Blake, Cassels & Graydon employees during a United Way fundraiser  

Highlights

Industry Law Firm
Established in Canada 1856
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Ottawa ON, Toronto ON, Calgary AB, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,348
Part-time employees in Canada 78
Average age of employees in Canada 41.91 years
Longest serving employee 42.93 years
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, mentoring, paid internships
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2018):

  • For the past decade, Blake, Cassels & Graydon has provided support, mentorship, networking opportunities and personal and professional resources for its female employees through the "Women@Blakes" network -- the network maintains an internal website, publishes quarterly newsletters and organizes internal and external seminars and events, such as the firm's annual Women's Event
  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon also manages the "Stepping Up: Preparing to Be a GC" leadership development program to help increase the number of female general counsels -- and, in partnership with Women General Counsel Canada and Legal Leaders for Diversity, is hosting a "Women on Boards Exchange Forum" to support the advancement of female general counsels to board opportunities
  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon participates in the Internationally Trained Lawyers Program, a bridging program that includes academic courses, cultural competency and language training, career workshops and internship opportunities -- additionally, the firm partners with St. Gabriel Adult Learning Centre on its foreign-trained professional co-op program
Blake, Cassels & Graydon staff on Diversity Day  

Highlights

Industry Law Firm
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Ottawa ON, Toronto ON, Calgary AB, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,357
Formal diversity strategy has a defined strategy to achieve diversity and inclusion goals
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Chief Officer, Professional Resources
Formal commitment maintains a diversity and inclusion committee
Employee resource groups Women@Blakes Network (est. 2007), Blakes Diversity Network (est. 2014 for employees from diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds), Pride@Blakes, New Mothers Network
Diversity training and awareness intercultural competence training, unconscious bias and inclusive leadership training, mental health issues seminars
Diversity highlights participates in Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS) Summer Job Program to provide work experience to high school students who face barriers to achieving academic, career and life goals, offers mentoring and sponsorship for LAWS students, participates in "Dare to Dream" program organized by Canadian Lawyers Abroad to encourage Canadian law firms and businesses to offer Aboriginal high school students mentoring and internship opportunities, offers the Blakes Indigenous Summer Student program (joint internship to provide work experience in legal and banking/corporate environments), annual Blakes Diversity Day celebration, diversity and inclusion speaker series, recently increased the amount of benefit coverage available to employees for mental health
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Project Work (persons with intellectual disabilities), Progress Place (mental health), Pride at Work Canada, Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network (member), The 30% Club, Catalyst Accord

The Career Directory

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Blake, Cassels and Graydon staff celebrate on the company's Diversity Day

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Law Firm
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Ottawa ON, Toronto ON, Calgary AB, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,000 to 2,500
Student opportunities paid internships, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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